Labiaplasty, sometimes referred to as vaginal rejuvenation surgery, is a surgical procedure that can modify the labia majora or labia minora for functional or cosmetic purposes1. Labiaplasty is an elective cosmetic surgery that can reduce the size of the labia, help women feel more comfortable, and restore self-esteem. The expert plastic surgeons at New York Plastic Surgical Group, a Division of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group have years of experience with labiaplasty vaginal rejuvenation and are committed to providing patients with superior results for renewed confidence.
Why Choose Labiaplasty?
Women seek out labiaplasty for a variety of reasons. For some, a larger labia may cause challenges during exercise and sexual activity or lead to frequent urinary tract infections. Other women experience embarrassment or physical discomfort due to enlarged labia minora (inner lips) that hang below the labia majora (outer lips). This excess tissue can chafe against the skin on the inner thighs and/or clothing and become irritated during intimate moments or exercise. This condition, known as labia minora hypertrophy, can be genetic or the result of weight loss, childbirth, or aging.
Benefits of Labiaplasty
In addition to improving the overall appearance of the external female genitalia or vulva, labiaplasty can offer the following benefits:
- Reduce the size of inner labia that hang below the outer labia
- Create symmetry in uneven labia
- Relieve pain during physical activity or intercourse
- Restore self-confidence after childbirth or weight loss
- Alleviate frequent chafing and/or irritation during daily activities
- Rejuvenate labia that have changed due to aging
- Restore sensation in the clitoris and vaginal opening by removing excess tissue
- Eliminate discomfort caused by excess labial tissue when wearing tight-fitting clothing such as swimsuits
How Does Labiaplasty Work?
Your labiaplasty will begin with a personal consultation, where in addition to providing your surgeon with your medical history, you’ll be able to discuss your concerns and goals. During this time, your surgeon will create a custom treatment plan that will address both cosmetic and functional issues and determine the surgical technique that will achieve the look you desire.
When performing a labiaplasty our surgeons typically employ either the wedge or the trim technique. Each of these methods can range from 45 minutes to an hour and a half to complete.
The wedge incision removes a small triangle-shaped piece of tissue to reduce the size of the labia. Once this skin has been excised, the skin is sutured closed and the natural labial edge is maintained. Comparatively, the trim incision removes excess labial tissue by trimming excess tissue that is hanging down and suturing the remaining tissues along the perimeter of the incision.2
Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure performed in-office using general anesthesia but may also be done using local anesthesia and light sedation. Labiaplasty is often performed with cosmetic procedures such as Mommy Makeover, or other vaginal procedures, including vaginoplasty, clitoral hood reduction, and monsplasty.
Am I A Candidate for Labiaplasty?
The best way to determine if labiaplasty may be right for you is to schedule a consultation at one of our New York City or Long Island locations. You may be a candidate for labiaplasty if you:
- Experience discomfort during intercourse or exercise due to excess tissue
- Suffer emotional and/or psychological distress due to large labia and excess skin
- Are unhappy with the appearance of your labia due to changes associated with childbirth, weight loss, or aging
- Want to improve the overall appearance of the vulva
- Are in generally good health
- Don’t smoke
Recovering From Labiaplasty Surgery
Patients may experience some discomfort or pain after labiaplasty surgery that we help manage with medication. Swelling and bruising are also common, as is asymmetry in the swelling which will gradually subside in the weeks following surgery. We advise that you take one week off work, avoid sexual intercourse, and refrain from any strenuous physical activity for six weeks.
After approximately six weeks, any bruising and most swelling should recede, but minor residual swelling may persist for up to six months. Once all swelling has disappeared, the final results will be revealed. There is typically very little to no visible long term scarring from labiaplasty because the surgeons at New York Plastic Surgical Group take care to hide incisions within labial folds and the tissue of the labia generally heals very well. Labiaplasty patients often report an increase in confidence, improved intimacy, and newfound ease with activities that were previously uncomfortable.
Labiaplasty and Vaginal Rejuvenation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What to expect at every stage of your labiaplasty. Available at: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/what-to-expect-at-every-stage-of-your-labiaplasty. Accessed March 29, 2021.
2 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open. Trim Labiaplasty. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5459652/. Accessed March 29, 2021.
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